Jesse Kelly: Worries mount at the Periódico de la República de Arizona
The uncloseted leftists at the daily newspaper are ramping it up for their latest adored liberal. Here we are treated to the slice-and-dice machete work of Linda Valdez as she gives unconcealed support to Democrat Ron Barber in the CD 8 race. She refers to the decades-long government bureaucrat, who at 66 should be looking at retirement rather than an new slurp at the public trough, as “white-bearded, polite and slightly professorial.” A kindly word-picture when credentials are lacking.
Of conservative Republican Jesse Kelly, 30, Valdez spews he “has the gravitas of a soufflé and the charm of a used car salesman” — with the wrap-up that “Kelly has little experience.”
A challenge to that absurd dismissal is in order. When it comes to experience it’s worth remembering that as an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, Kelly headed a squad in the mortar section of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, making life and death decisions, while fighting tyranny. He is a businessman, a husband and father — living in the real world and eager to make a difference. Kelly handily won the district’s special primary last month carrying 38-percent in a three-way race against a sitting state senator, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot and a broadcaster.
It is exactly that difference that Valdez, an unrepentant staus-quoer, abhors. She is bonded to the Obama brand of overreaching — into our billfolds, health care and lives. Barber, keenly aware of his own limitations, initially declared he was only running as a place holder and would move aside for an actual candidate at the end of the current term. He changed that tune after hobbing and nobbing with Nancy Pelosi and other libracrat swells.
In 2010, when running against an incumbent, then-newcomer Kelly came within a point-and-a-half of victory, although the incumbent outspent him nearly 2 to 1.
National Review covers the election with Kelly’s Second Act ….Jesse Kelly is poised for victory in a special election.
Wary of missteps, Ron Barber still refuses to participate in debates with Kelly though he’s been invited several times.
The numbers continue to be encouraging for tea party favorite, Jesse Kelly. The 8th District has nearly 425,000 registered voters with 159,000 Republicans, 134,000 Democrats and 128,000 Independents. Early voting begins Thursday, May 17, 2012, ending Friday, June 8, 2012. An early ballot can be requested until Friday, June 1, 2012. Let your vote be heard. It matters.